Kanye West is suing insurance companies for refusing to pay at least $9.8M in claims after he cancelled much of his 2016 Saint Pablo tour. West’s touring company says the Lloyd’s of London affiliated insurers claim without evidence that West’s marijuana use could have contributed to the “debilitating medical condition” and invalidate his claims.
Nevada gambling regulations do not address players visibly impaired by cannabis. Casinos are now asking the Trump administration whether they must file documents known as Suspicious Activity Reportsfor players known or suspected to be supported by cannabis businesses.
Nevada’s highest court ruled MED business owners can remain anonymous. A tribe run dispensary outside Las Vegas expects to be the country’s largest dispensary by retail area when it opens next month.
Regulators are debating advertising at the Las Vegas airport.
Lawncare company Scotts Miracle-Gro wants to be the leading hydroponics supplier to hobbyists and professionals. Its stock is trading near all time highs.
New Cannabis Ventures ranks the top public cannabis companies, U.S. and international, by revenue. Canada’s financial regulator offered guidance to companies with U.S. operations.
Canadian MED producer Aphria participated in lifestyle brand Tokyo Smoke’s $4M fundraising.
Puerto Rico thinks MED could help alleviate the island’s economic crisis.
New York doubled the number of MED licensees to 10, making business conditions more difficult in the state.
App MassRoots is pivoting from a “Facebook for pot” to a “review and consumer loyalty” app.
TechCrunch says software company Meadow is the Amazon Web Services of weed, “powering the back end of the THC trade.” (Disclosure: Meadow has advertised in WeedWeek.)
I wrote about cannabis livestreaming app Toke.tv for L.A. Weekly.
“A lot of the upstart companies will find that this business is not easy and they will struggle,” says Neil Closner, CEO of Canadian MED producer MedReleaf.
The Tyendinga Mohawk tribe is defending their dispensaries from a crackdown in rural Ontario.
The manufacturer of game ‘Cards Against Humanity,’ supports REC legalization in Illinois.
Arizona MED company American Green purchased the tiny town of Nipton, Calif., near Vegas, with plans to make it a cannabis-friendly resort. The purchase price was about $5M.
Buzzfeed’s Alyson Martin asks if you’re “Team Pinot or Team Pot,” in a piece on the frenemy industries.
The AP joins L.A. dispensary owner Jerred Kiloh on a drive to deliver $40,131.88 in cash for a tax payment.
Washington state has suspended leading lab Peak Analytics.
Vox’s policy podcast The Weeds discusses pot taxes in Washington.
A venture in Napa, Calif. wants to dig caves for commercial cultivation. They usually build caves to use as wine cellars.
WBUR looks at how opium profits shaped 19th-century Boston.